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Let’s Make Every Day National Child Health Day

Detroit Dental Mobile Unit Kid Exam
By Irwin Redlener MD, President & Co-Founder, CHF

Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) celebrates the 83rd annual National Child Health Day with theme of Helping Children Lead Healthy Lives. They have created a website featuring important resources that assist families in finding health care services including the 311 Prenatal Hotline, Insure Kids Now, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, Text 4 Baby, Find a Health Center Locator and the Maternal and Child Health Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Isabel Pino, Medical Director, Children's Health Fund's West Virginia Children's Health Project

Dr. Pino Founders' Clinician Award Recipient

Karen Redlener, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund (CHF), Isabel Pino, MD, Medical Director, CHF's West Virginia Children's Health Project, and Irwin Redlener, MD, President/Co-Founder, CHF, gather during CHF's Spring Clinical Conference in Washington, D.C. for a very special presentation.  Dr. Pino received the 2011 CHF Founders' Clinician Award (supported by Schering-Plough Foundation) for her work serving the children and families of West Virginia for nearly 20 years.  Congratulations Dr. Pino and thanks for your hard work and dedication!

Checking-in for Checkups…More Than Half Way There!

Bethenny Frankel Checks-In
By Carol Sumkin, Senior Vice President, Development, Children's Health Fund

Back in June of this year, Children's Health Fund (CHF) and Clorox, along with New York Times best selling author Bethenny Frankel, launched Check-in for Checkups, a social media-driven campaign that challenges America to make healthy choices that benefit themselves and their families, while simultaneously contributing to the lives of others. Each time you “check-in” at http://www.checkinforcheckups.com/ or tweet the hashtag #checkinforcheckups Clorox donates 10 cents to CHF, up to $100,000. 

Celebrating 15 Years on the Teen Health Van

Dr. Seth Ammerman, Medical Director, San Francisco Peninsula Children's Health Project
By Dr. Seth Ammerman, Medical Director, San Francisco Peninsula Children's Health Project

For the past 15 years, I’ve had one of the greatest jobs in the world. In September of 1996, I hopped on board as the medical director of the Teen Health Van for the San Francisco Peninsula Children’s Health Project, a partnership of Children’s Health Fund and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  The clinic on wheels was established to provide accessible, comprehensive health care to uninsured youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and as with all of CHF’s programs we wanted the Health Van to be a place our patients could depend on – a place where they knew they could see a doctor or nurse that they could trust.  Since we launched 15 years ago, our van has been just that for over 3,500 kids in the San Francisco area.

News from Around the Network

By Delaney Gracy, MD, MPH, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Children's Health Fund

Happy summer blog readers!  We hope you are enjoying these summer months, staying cool and finding some time to relax with family and friends.

We thought you’d be interested in reading about some exciting awards, events & stories we’ve heard from our programs over the past few months.

Detroit’s Medical Director, Dr. Elliott Attisha was named one of Ambassador Magazine’s “Hot Docs” of 2011.  This annual contest highlights the work of Metro Detroit area doctors who are “reaching beyond the call of duty” and serving as leaders within the health care industry in Detroit.  Check out the great feature article on Dr. Attisha and the Children’s Health Project of Detroit.  Congrats to Dr. Attisha on the award!

An amazing story comes out of our Memphis Children’s Health Project and demonstrates the importance and commitment of the mobile clinic staff. What started as a typical day on the Mobile Medical Clinic quickly turned into a potentially devastating afternoon.  While one student in the clinic began suffering from a severe asthma attack, another student arrived to the principal’s office, also having trouble breathing.  Nurse Terrie Whitfield ensured the first student was treated for his asthma attack but felt that the second student’s symptoms were more serious and insisted that he be taken by paramedics to the Emergency Room.  At the hospital, clinicians detected a blood clot, among other health issues.  Thanks to Nurse Terrie’s insight, the student was able to get the proper treatment and is doing well today. According to the principal of the school, “I can truly say that if [the Le Bonheur staff] had not been there, the results could have been very different and even tragic.”  Check out Le Bonheur’s newsletter for the full story.

A great clip about a new program organized by CHF’s Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project was recently featured on Louisiana’s Channel 9 News.  The project teamed up with Varsity Sports and the Big Buddy Program to promote exercise and overall health among 4th and 5th grade students at an elementary school where our clinic provides services.  Children who laced up and completed a summer running camp were rewardedwith brand new sneakers and other prizes.  The program wasdeveloped to encourage exercise, but also to build self-esteem and help address the obesity problem in Louisiana. 

Volunteer Day with Centerbridge

Happy 4th of July Weekend!!

LIttle Girl With American FlagWe're proud to celebrate America this weekend - a country where people are concerned with the well being of their neighbors.  Thank you to all of the Corporations, Foundations, and individuals that support CHF and the children we serve.  With your continued help, we can bring health care to the kids that need it most and strive to make America a healthier and happier place to live.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend with your family & friends.  

 

Children's Health Fund's Online Auction

Children's Health Fund Charity Buzz   

Have you always wanted to spend a weekend in Paris? Lunch with actress Julianne Moore? Or maybe your dream is to practice the guitar with legendary musician and CHF co-founder, Paul Simon?

Here’s your chance to bid on these and many more exciting prizes through Children Health Fund’s online auction. Treat your dad or grad to something special - while helping children get the health care services they need. The bidding is open until June 22nd, so don’t delay visit charitybuzz today.

Photo Friday - Hop on Board

► What do a tire, a baby-scale, and a nutritionist all have in common?  They're all a part of a Children's Health Fund Mobile Medical Clinic!  Visit our interactive "Build-a-Bus" page to hop on board and learn more about what a mobile clinics needs to keep moving in order to bringing health care to America's neediest kids: http://bit.ly/bQIaux.

CHF’s 2011 Benefit: Raising Awareness & Urgently Needed Funds for America’s Kids

By Carol Sumkin, Senior Vice President, Development, Children's Health Fund

Children’s Health Fund (CHF)’s annual benefit is one of the most important and exciting nights of the year for us.  Our Benefit brings together individuals, foundations and corporations to honor, reflect, and re-dedicate support of CHF’s mission of providing health care via a fleet of nearly 50 mobile clinics to the nation’s most medically underserved children and their families. 

This year, The Starr Foundation and its Chair Maurice R. Greenberg will be presented with CHF’s Founders’ Award for their generosity and support of CHF since 2004.  The Starr Foundation has helped CHF expand services at its flagship program in New York, including the school-based health center in Harlem, the mobile medical program serving homeless families across the city, and the health center in the South Bronx. In addition, CHF was able to create, evaluate and replicate effective models of care in New York and across the nation with assistance from The Starr Center for Preventive Health and Special Initiatives. 

Our Corporate Award will be accepted by Priyan Fernando, Executive Vice President, Global Business Services, on behalf of American Express.  Through their long standing relationship and investment in CHF, American Express has helped thousands of medically underserved children get the essential health care services they need.

And for the evening’s entertainment, New York’s own Bette Midler will be joined by CHF co-founder Paul Simon for what is sure to be an outstanding performance!  We can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Check in with CHF’s Twitter and Facebook accounts on Monday for live updates and photos from the event!

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